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Airplane Slides off Keflavík Runway

By Iceland Review

The Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) is investigating an accident which occurred Saturday night at Keflavík International Airport when the airplane TF-JXF slid off runway N-4 while landing. All 188 passengers were unharmed.

The airplane belongs to the airline JETX and was transporting Icelandic passengers back from Turkey.

According to information received by AAIB, the crew was told by the approach control that the braking conditions were good though some parts of the runway were icy, Morgunbladid reports.

While landing the crew realized that the breaking conditions were not as good as they had expected and tried to slow the airplane down, but didn’t manage to stop the airplane until it reached the end of the runway.

The pilot therefore tried to make a 90° turn into runway N-4, but the airplane slid on ice causing both the nose wheel and one of the main wheels to run outside the airstrip.

According to Bragi Baldursson, who is responsible for the AAIB investigation, black ice can be created very quickly under certain weather conditions, when the temperature is around freezing point, which was the case when the accident occurred.

Fridthór Eydal, a representative of the Keflavík Airport Civil Aviation Administration, said he would not comment on the accident until the AAIB has reached a conclusion other than saying that Keflavík’s airstrips are being cleared as efficiently as when the US military was in charge of doing so.

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